Anthony Jennings will start at quarterback for LSU in its game against Wisconsin on Saturday night in Houston, a source confirmed to The Advocate on Friday.
Jennings and true freshman Brandon Harris have been locked in a tight battle for the starting job since spring practice began. Both quarterbacks will play in the game at NRG Stadium, coach Les Miles said this week.
Jennings, a sophomore from Georgia, is the more experienced of the two. He started the Outback Bowl as a true freshman last season and played in nine games as the backup to starter Zach Mettenberger.
Jennings, a four-star recruit out of Marietta, Georgia, was best known last season for leading LSU on a 99-yard game-winning touchdown drive against Arkansas. He replaced an injured Mettenberger in the game and marched the Tigers from the 1-yard line.
He struggled, though, in his first career start against Iowa in the Outback Bowl, completing just 9 of 17 passes and showing a somewhat shaky pocket presence at times.
Harris, the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, enrolled early in January and immediately began competing for the starting gig. Harris and Jennings separated themselves from others. Reserve QBs Stephen Rivers and Hayden Rettig both left the program.
Harris seemed to out-duel Jennings in the Tigers’ spring game, showing quick feet and a smooth vertical passing game.
Coaches and players have been mostly mum on the starting battled during August practice. Miles hasn’t allowed the quarterbacks to speak with reporters, aside from one day, and he has not revealed their scrimmage stats.
Miles has said several times that the battle was a dead heat.